For a big CHOW holiday lunch last week, we ordered food from La Palma in the Mission. The meal largely consisted of tamales, since they are the dish of the month. We tried:
Turkey Mole Tamales
Blue Corn w/ Vegetable Tamales
Tamales de Elote
Chicharrones (the kind w/ both meat and crispy skin)
The meal was a great success, and I particularly liked the blue corn tamales and the tamales de elote. The blue corn tamales had a soft texture, and contained a mix of veggies. Unlike the cheese tamales, these were truly vegetarian, since they aren't made w/ lard.
The chicharrones were also awesome - a nice balance of meat and skin, and still very crispy even 1 hour after pick-up. I don't usually care for flavored sweet tamales, but I didn't think the strawberry ones were too bad—not overly sweet, though still bright pink in color.
Huaraches were good, though they didn't travel nearly as well as the tamales, as they didn't stay very hot. They came with cabbage slaw and some spicy salsa.
I was able to order food for 20 people easily on the phone (1 day in advance) and pick up everything hot. Good value, and high quality food....when I went to pick up last week, there were several people picking up food for large groups.